What magazine/paper/periodical most shaped your political thinking?

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by chilango, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Platypus lite
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  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

  3. Sea Star

    Sea Star Too scared to post on Urban.

    in chronological order, and by no means exhaustive:

    The Daily Mirror in the early Thatcher years (i was very young)
    2000 AD/ Crisis
    NME in early to mid 80s
    New Socialist magazine
    Guardian around mid 80s
    New Internationalist
    (what i read in the 90s was a variety of publications - things that floated my way - some already mentioned by others - but out of all that I started reading Chomsky around 91/92 and his books rocked my world at the time)
    Lobster in more recent years
  4. Ralph Llama

    Ralph Llama Fuck the system.

    Chomsky is the best.
    Snap. He was the biggest influence in my political development .
  5. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    ...a few others that I forgot to include:

    Collective Action Notes
    Love & Rage (which in hindsight kinda sucked)
    Live Wild or Die!
    Fifth Estate
    Fighting Talk

    ...more recently I sorta liked Kittens and BAMN, but I'm a bit old and cynical to get enthused by them. Was in Housemans the other day browsing and didn't bother to pick up a single rag :(.
  6. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    That was great. News and also snark!
  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  8. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    I liked FINs and the later wave of local free newsheets such as The Loombreaker too.
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  9. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Spare Rib
    Gay Times
    Pink Paper
    Various feminist/lesbian newsletters
    Square Peg (ok not very political, but very arty filth)
  10. billbond

    billbond Well-Known Member

    Daily mail
    The sun
    South London Press
  11. Tankus

    Tankus living someone else's dream.

    Soviet weekly ...in colour way before the TODAY ...and it was free !!. ...late 70's and the Express
  12. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

  13. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    NME - early 80s.
    Class War
    Daily Telegraph (my dad read it)
    The Sun
    Socialist Worker
  14. Red About Town

    Red About Town Well-Known Member

    Red Action/Fighting Talk
    A number of different football fanzines.

    All the above are now finished in paper format unfortunately.
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  15. nyxx

    nyxx Member

    Publications which got me thinking include...

    New Internationalist (1980’s & 1990’s)
    Shocking Pink
    Earth First
    Race Revolt
  16. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    Daily Express on the bus to work at 16 because my dad read it.
    Daily Mirror on the bus as I realised the Express was crap.
    The Guardian on the bus as my politics changed, that was 45 years ago.
    The Observer till my politics drifted rightward and I started reading the Sunday Times.
    On and off, Socialist Worker, Private Eye, New Statesman.
    Now back reading the Observer.
  17. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    you're all over the place!
  18. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    Just open to new ideas .
  19. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    well, you won't get them from those papers....:p
  20. Epona

    Epona I am Hououin Kyouma

    My political thinking was a result of growing up in poverty, seeing my parents work long hours and struggling to feed us.

    Not from any newspapers or magazines.
  21. stereotypical

    stereotypical hospitality king

    Likewise. Growing up in Liverpool in the 1980s was enough of an influence (still is).
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  22. Ralph Llama

    Ralph Llama Fuck the system.

    Yer, I had a rough time growing up too.. but without the access to anarchist circles and literature... fuck ... I could have ended up a fash! It is the combination of being traumatised by poverty + anarchist literature/circles which made me radical.

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